Your ability to recover from — or survive — a heart attack depends upon how quickly you receive medical treatment. Learn the most common signs of heart attack so you can react quickly.
The most common heart attack symptoms occur in 50% of those experiencing a heart attack:
- Indigestion or nausea
- Pain that travels down one or both arms
- Jaw pain
- Chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort
- Back pain
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling of fullness
Not everyone will experience all of any of these symptoms.
Don't Wait, Call 9-1-1
If you think you might be having a heart attack, follow these 3 critical, yet simple steps:
- Call 911 immediately
- Chew 1 full aspirin (325mg) slowly (One full aspirin is 325mg or the equivalent of four baby aspirin.) Do not take aspirin if you have a history of aspirin allergy or bleeding.
- Wait for emergency services. EMS can they help treat you on your way to the ER. In addition you will receive treatment much faster and more effectively when the appropriate hospital has been notified and is awaiting your arrival. Remember, quick treatment can minimize the damage to your heart.
Take the Early Heart Attack Care Oath
I understand that heart attacks have beginnings and, on occasion, signs of an impending heart attack may include chest discomfort, shortness of breath, shoulder and/or arm pain, and weakness. These may occur hours, or even weeks, before the actual heart attack.
I solemnly swear that if it happens to me or anyone I know, I will call 9-1-1 or activate our Emergency Medical Services.
Download and print your Early heart Attack Care Oath certificate to sign and share.
Early Heart Attack Care Oath